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News and Upcoming Events

It’s Still Germaine: workshops on women and their stories, on feminism, now and then

You are invited to participate in some free of charge, creative workshops that will investigate what it is to be a woman today.

You will speak and write your stories: big and little. You will recall women’s liberation to see what was achieved and what was lost. Then you will have fun.

The group will take our stories and create movement and sound based creative episodes, through improvisation, games and play.

The workshops are facilitated by our very own Pauline Manley. She has a PhD in dance phenomenology from the University of Sydney, Centre for Performance Studies. She has worked as an academic for 25 year sand dances with an improvisation group and also facilitates our New Moves classes for mature women to find their inner groove.

“I need my dance and my life to be both serious and hilarious. These workshops will be both serious and hilarious.” Pauline

Download flyer here
Register your attendance at:
Times & Dates: 4pm -6.30 Dec 8 & 22 Jan 12 & 26
Address: 8-10 Victoria St Newtown (behind Marlborough Hotel)

Legal Pathways for older people project
This project aims to help older people obtain free or reduced cost legal assistance.
The type of assistance given may be a face-to-face consultation, or a referral to an appropriate legal service.
This assistance is available to Aged Pensioners or holders of a Commonwealth
Seniors Health Card.
Legal Pathways for older people project flyer
The Legal Pathways for Older People project is a partnership between Council
on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) and Legal Aid NSW.

Women, Ageing and Disadvantage
Why are older women the fastest growing demographic of people experiencing homelessness? Why are over 70% of older people who report abuse women? What can be done to halt the rapidly increasing number of older women experiencing social disadvantage?
Participate in two forums facilitated by Ellen Fanning to discuss these issues.
ATTEND THE SYMPOSIUM: 28 November 9:30 – 12pm
Facilitated by Ellen Fanning
Expert panelists
: Sarah Lambert, Terrie Leoleos, Prof Deborah Loxton, Kimberley Olsen, Barbara O’Neill, Lesley Robson, Jody Broun, Prof Julie Byles, Angela Budai, Sam Edmonds, Katherine McKernan, Mary Patetsos, Hon Susan Ryan AO

Drop in and Get Online this Thursday 18th October and try one new thing. #try1thing
OWN NSW invite you to at our Open Day on Thursday 18th October
10am – 2pm at 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown
Older Women of any age are welcome to come and join us for Get Online Week. Bring any of your own devices or use ours – phones, laptops, computers or iPad/tablets and we will help answer any questions about the digital world or get you started on something new. 
Morning and afternoon tea provided. Drop in for a cuppa and try one new thing. #try1thing

OWN NSW Drop in and get Online Flyer

OWN NSW Annual State Conference and Annual General Meeting
we are still accepting registrations. All Welcome.

AGM: Thursday 25th October Venue: Castlereagh Boutique Hotel Sydney

Social Day: Friday 26th October

OWN NSW Annual Conference and AGM Registration Form

OWN NSW Annual Conference and AGM Agenda

OWN NSW Social Day: Friday 26th October – Join us for a fun day out in historic La  Perouse. We shall visit the La Perouse Museum – housed in a heritage building  the La Perouse Museum documents the expedition of French explorer the Comte de Laperouse. Lapérouse arrived in Botany Bay a week after the First Fleet. His expedition was last seen in what is now national parkland before mysteriously vanishing. The fascinating exhibits in La Perouse Museum also tell stories of the local area, including Aboriginal stories. Afterwards join us for lunch at Yarra Bay Sailing Club.

Information for OWN NSW Social Day

Bankstown Wellness Centre – The Early Years Historic Photographic Exhibition
This was a huge success. thank you to all involved.

OWN Quarterly Forum/Meeting Dates 
Location: OWN NSW 8-10 Victoria Street Newtown NSW 2042
9th August 2018
8th November 2018
14th February 2019
9th May 2019

Living to 100 Conference
Date: 7 & 8 September 2018
Venue: ICC Darling Harbour
Read more and register here

Ageing with Purpose Forum
Guest Speaker — Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10am – 1pm
Venue: The Juniors, 558A Anzac Parade Kingsford
Bookings are essential. Morning tea will be provided.
Read more and register here or call 9382 3753


The Feisty Women of Oz present
Don’t Knock Your Granny

Six Feisty Women of Oz are off to EdFringe 2018 to perform their edgy cabaret-style show Don’t Knock Your Granny (DKYG).

DKYG is a satirical show that shines a light on the dark topic of elder abuse—our society’s ‘dirty silent secret’.

But amid the dark, there are songs, skits, plenty of laughs, and even a puppet or two who will try to get a word in!

Conceived in response to rising levels of domestic and elder abuse, DKYG brings true stories of survivors to life and sends the message that there’s no excuse for elder abuse. Not now, not ever. 

Director Jo Cahill took up the challenge to rework DKYG for the Fringe Festival, giving it an extra zing and a fresh injection of humour.

‘This is a bunch of ordinary women with an extraordinary message and I’m thrilled to be involved. It’s as entertaining as it is enlightening,’ Cahill said.

And at this age, they don’t believe in long runs so book to see the show now, follow them on Facebook or show your support through a donation at Go Fund Me.

When: 9, 10, 11 August @ 1:45pm
Venue: Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
Address: 29 – 31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6QE
Cost: 10 pounds

Support them on Go Fund Me. OR type into your browser Help Fund Feisty Women of Oz

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10 Questions to ask before you enter residential aged care

The Older Women’s Network NSW has a long and proud tradition of working with partner organisations to advance the interests of older women. Over the last six months we have joined a group of aged care professionals, consumers, carers and nurses   to help produce a  new series of  leaflets  to support older people as they navigate the aged care system.

 Given that many older people are daunted by the complexity and enormous potential expense of residential aged care, the first leaflets cover a range of topics such as aged care fees and contracts, staffing, GP services, cultural needs, palliative care and lifestyle.

Access the leaflets here


Past news and events

Older Women’s Network NSW – Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting

Thursday 25th – Friday 26th August 2016
Click here for 2016 AGM & Conference Registration form.
Click here for 2016 Conference Accommodation Options.


Sutherland OWN Celebrates 15th Birthday!

Members of OWN Sutherland recently celebrated their 15th birthday.

Click here to read an article published in the St George Sutherland Shire Leader about the group: SUTHERLAND SHIRE OLDER WOMEN


Older Women’s Network NSW – 2nd Quarterly Meeting, 2016

OWN NSW and Bankstown Wellness Centre cordially invite all members to our second Quarterly Meeting to be held at Bankstown on Thursday 26th May.

Date: Thursday 26 May 2016, 11am – 12:45pm.
Venue:The Georges River Room, Bankstown Sports, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown.
Free parking is available, enter via Greenfield Pde or Mona Street.
Bankstown Sports is a 5 minutes walk from the South Terrace exit at Bankstown Station.

Click here for the agenda: OWN Quarterly Meeting 26 May 2016.


Older Women’s Network NSW – 1st Quarterly Meeting, 2016

Date: Thursday 25 February 2016

Please make a note in your diary that the Quarterly Meeting is being hosted by Sutherland Wellness. It would be great to see many groups represented. It will commence at 10am at the Club on East, 7 East Parade, Sutherland which is a very short walk from Sutherland Station.

Older Women’s Network Australia – International Women’s Day event – “A Fairer Future”

Date:Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:15am to 12:30pm
Venue: NSW Parliament House Auditorium, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney
RSVP: online and complete registration form, or phone Mary on 0404 735 698 or 0420 785 335 for enquiries.

Special guest speakers:
The Hon. Susan Ryan AO: Age & Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission.
Ms Kasy Chambers: Executive Director, Anglicare Australia.
The Hon. Pru Goward MP: NSW Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Assistant Minister for Health and Minister for Women.
Ms Ludo McFerran: Author, member Women and Work Research Group (Syd Uni), Human Rights Community Award recipient, member International Domestic Violence at Work Network
Ms Nicole Watson: Indigenous academic, lawyer and writer.

Tickets $20 OWN Members, $30 non-members. Credit card payments available via PayPal (membership of PayPal is not required).

Click here for the  2016 IWD Event Flyer

OWN NSW Older Women’s Wellness Expo

Date: Thursday 7th April 2016

As part of Seniors Week, OWN NSW are hosting a Wellness Expo in Newtown. The expo aims to enhance the wellbeing of older women, support community connections and promote positive ageing. There will be stalls, performances, demonstrations, interactive activities and wellness presentations. More details to come! We look forward to you joining us on the day.

Yes we made it, OWN has moved!

Our new address is 8-10 Victoria Street, Newtown, NSW 2042
Ph: 02 9519 8044
FX: 02 9519 8033

HELP – We need you now!

OWN has played a valuable role in influencing government policy for the past 25 years, and our objectives and guiding principles remain very relevant.
But OWN, like other Not for Profit organisations, operates in an environment where governments are reducing, or axing funding, and definitely increasing, or changing, requirements that we must conform to in order to qualify for government funding.
The OWN NSW Management Team is thus in the process of taking stock of what is needed to survive and be effective as a progressive, challenging and relevant organisation; with sound management that constantly seeks to support and work with OWN groups.
That process has been started including identifying the areas of work the Management Team is responsible for. We hope members will rise to the challenge and nominate to be a member of a subcommittee, or the Management Team when vacancies come up.
We are aiming to provide a firm base for future work and the survival of OWN.

The sub committees identified so far are:
Events: Planning conferences, quarterly meetings, parties etc, new location
Communication: Responsible for brochures, website, OWN stories etc, Media
Risk and compliance: policies and procedures, insurance, partnerships with other groups
Financial: financial reports, banking, audit, payroll
HR: Staff records, recruitment, job description, staff support
Secretariat: Minutes, agendas, letters, phone calls
Policy and research: Wellness, Elections 2015, attend conferences and report.
Office for Ageing: Work Plan obligations and responsibilities, contact with Ministers of Government, other relevant organisations.

Probably none of us know everything about all of these areas, but together we do know a lot and, let’s face it, we are creative! Sharing the work means that we all do a bit and it can be fun, not a burden. And the future of OWN depends on it!
Opportunities for training and/or support will be available.

Why not have a go and call OWN office, Monday or Tuesdays, or email us on and let us know you’re interested.

Older Women’s Network NSW – Quarterly Meeting and Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 27 August 2015

Details will be sent to all Group and Wellness Centre Co-ordinators shortly, but for now ‘save the date’.

Older Women’s Network Australia – 23rd Annual Conference – “Making Connection”

Date: Monday 19 October 2015
Venue: Goodearth Hotel, 195 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA
RSVP: 11th Sept 2015
Post: Mrs. Julienne Thomas, Older Women’s Network WA Inc., 7 Bottlebrush Drive, Thornlie, WA 6108

Discount accommodation has been arranged for delegates through the Goodearth Hotel, so make sure you mention the conference when booking in. If you are thinking of going please let us know in the OWN NSW office and we can make sure we put you in touch with other OWN NSW members who may also be heading to the conference.

Click here for the Conference Program and Registration Form